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Details on a standalone HULK film and a possible Hulk-centric AVENGERS 3

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 10:08 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

hulk-the-avengers-movie-image__spanMark Ruffalo’s awesome portrayl as the Hulk in last year’s The Avengers was probably the biggest surprise of 2012, but fans were left wondering what Marvel’s plans were for the not-so-jolly Green Giant.  We already know that sequels to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers are slated for release over the next two years (Marvel’s Phase Two) as well as new properties Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man.  But what about our new favorite Rage Beast?  Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige had stated that no new Hulk standalone movie will take place until after The Avengers 2 has opened and that popular comic arcs Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are not off the table.  Now, some Lois Lane level reporting from a reliable source has shed some possible details on Hulk’s future in cinema. 


Thanks to El Mayimbe over at Latino Review, we have some possible details about the future of the Hulk. Be sure to check out his video blog that goes through the finer points of his scoop. Here’s the highlights:

  • Don’t expect to see the Hulk until 2015′s The Avengers 2, as per Feige. However, DO expect to see a third act or post-credits scene of the sequel that sets up Hulk’s next standalone picture.
  • planet-hulkApparently, after being deemed a serious threat to the Earth by Marvel’s Illuminati (a secret organization of powerful heroes that includes Tony Stark/Iron Man, Professor X, the soon to be introduced Doctor Strange and others), the Hulk is shipped off into space.
  • Once spacebound, the report states that Hulk’s next film will be centered around comic writer Greg Pak’s Planet Hulk.  The idea is that Hulk has already spent a lot of time smashing humans and puny Gods, so let’s take his story to an alien planet where he can smash aliens and puny Celestials to his hearts content.
  • The arc of Planet Hulk centers on the Hulk as he becomes enslaved on the planet Sakaar, is forced to participate in gladiatorial games, and eventually becomes a hero of the rebellion against the Red King.

The story doesn’t end here however, because as cool as the idea of Gladiator-meets-Hulk is, it gets better. Here’s another spoiler alert if you don’t want to know about Hulk’s possible involvement in The Avengers 3.

  • At the end of Planet Hulk, some events transpire that get the Hulkvery angry… and that’s saying something considering The Hulk is a giant green rage beast.  The only thing worse than an enraged Hulk is one with an army of loyal followers.  The theory goes that Hulk and his warbound fighters will return to Earth in The Avengers 3 to follow Pak’s World War Hulk story arc.
  • The story of World War Hulk is pretty crazy but basically involves the Hulk and his warriors tearing apart every hero and super team on Earth, eventually pitting them against each other in the Hulk’s own version of gladiatorial combat.
  • One thing that makes the standalone Hulk movie more probable is the fact that Mark Ruffalo has signed on for a six-picture deal with Marvel and it is doubtful that he’ll be happy to just appear in post-credits or cameos for the rest of his career.


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    • Jennifer

      Wow! The story of World War Hulk sounds bad. Why would Marvel go through all the trouble of making us like him for his hero roll in The Avengers movie to making us hate him for "tearing apart ever super hero and super team on Earth?" Lame.

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